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Daily Blender Tip - Hanging cables (Catenary curve)


Jan van den Hemel writes:

Creating hanging cables is easy with the "Catenary Curve" primitive. This short video shows you how, plus how to twist curves.

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Jan van den Hemel

Hi, my name is Jan and I help companies by creating short videos for their websites and internal use, mostly as a freelancer for agencies. I post daily one-minute tutorials for Blender users and wrote the popular "Blender Secrets" e-books.


  1. I have a question, but first: I was looking for this feature only last week, and I tried various methods, including the overkill softbody or cloth techniques, none of which work perfectly, so this is great, thank you. My question is how to realistically reproduce this kind of hanging cable: The catenary works well if the endpoints of the cable are inline with the cable, but if you have the ends of the cable on the same plane, but with a 90degree termination point, the cable behaves slightly differently at the endpoints.

      • Yes, I figured I would do it manually, I just like to have semi-automatic methods at hand like this catenary curve that gives physically plausible results, especially if I am to do many cables. Thanks for the response, and for your videos, I watch many of them.

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